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race. the big questions now -- can obama's swing state firewall stand up to romney's momentum? how will hurricane sandy shake up the campaign? and with just nine days to go, could a final october surprise send this election into overtime? questions for our headliners. top obama adviser stephanie cutter and house speaker newt gingrich for romney. >>> plus, insight and analysis from our roundtable. george will, austan goolsbee, nicolle wallace, gwen ifill and andrew sullivan. >>> hello again. with just nine days to go, the october surprise is here. hurricane sandy, threatening a massive stretch of the u.s. from virginia to new england. all of the way to the great lakes. it's already caused both candidates to scramble their schedules. it will complicate both candidates' efforts to get their voters to the polls. we'll get into that, plus our latest abc news/washington post poll in just a moment. but, let's begin with sam champion from lower manhattan. he's following the track of sandy right now. good morning, sam. >> good morning, george. let me show you first, the satellite picture, w
today across the pivotal buckeye state, the cornerstone of his midwestern firewall, president obama cast himself in the same bipartisan way that appealed to independent voters four years ago. >> over the last four years, the status quo in washington has fought us every step of the way. >> reporter: it would be unusual for a democratic president four days before election day to actually suggest it would be okay with him if voters went for a congressional candidate other than a democrat. but eager to paint himself as not part of the washington problem, the president did just that -- at every stop. >> as long as i'm president, you know, i've said, i will work with anybody of any party to move this country forward. if you want to break the gridlock in congress, you'll vote for leaders who feel the same way whether they're democrat, republican or independent. >> reporter: president obama seemed energized and confident today. he actually did a little jig at hiss his last top here in lima, ohio. obama campaign officials are talking up their early voting program, years in the making. with republ
chris christie and president obama toured the state's battered coast. they stopped at a community center, where at its peak, 200 people found shelter. 50 still remain. a political odd couple, for sure. in the past, they've traded barbs. now, they must cooperate at chief executives and they heaped praise on each other today. >> it's been a great working relationship to make sure that we're doing the jobs that people elected us to do. >> i have to say that governor christie, throughout this process, has been responsive, he's been aggressive and i think the people of new jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back even stronger than before. so, i just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership. >> reporter: political aside, they will be judged. everyone in this situation will be judged by results. alone the jersey shore, there were dedicated disaster response teams just beginning the enormous task ahead. and more rescues of the stranded. you all right? but we saw only a few gas crews out here. they ha
, the final days of the presidential campaign. just four days to go now before the big vote. president obama was back on the trail yesterday making appearances in three battleground states. he wrapped up his day with a rally in boulder, colorado. the president took some pointed jabs at mitt romney saying his economic plan is just a rehash the policies that led to the country's economic crisis and mr. obama heads to the all important state of ohio later tod today. and for his part, mitt romney was in virginia at several campaign stops. he criticized the president for not doing enough to help businesses. also romney said the nation needs a president who understands business better. romney's aides are conceding that the storm's slowed some of his momentum but insist their internal polls show him ahead in some of those toss-up states. romney visits wisconsin and also ohio today. >>> and from the lighter side of politics, vice president biden went on david letterman's show last night to read his top ten list. >> ah,
. >>> with just six days to go to the election, president obama is showing a boost in swing state polling while mitt romney's campaign is expanding its battleground and claiming momentum. is mark matthews is is here now to sort out the two differ iting visions of how the race is shaping up in the final days. >> three new polls out of the all-important swing state of ohio giving barack obama a three to five-point lead in each of the polls. at the same time, mitt romney's campaign is buying ads in pennsylvania and minnesota and michigan. states thought to be firmly in the blue state column. at his first rally in the aftermath of sandy, mitt romney steered clear of any direct attacks on the president. but it was clear the political winds are picking back up. >> i don't just talk about change, i actually have a plan to execute change and to make it happen. >> romney was joined by former are florida governor jeb bush who downplayed the president's role in responding to the storm. >> my experience in this emergency response business is that it is the low he cal level and state level that really matte
romney are full speed ahead in the battleground states seeking out undecided voters. president obama was in boulder, colorado yesterday. today he has three campaign events in ohio. he will be anxious to hear the jobs report. political expert telling the san francisco gate if the unemployment rate stays below 8% he believes voters will slug it off. any increase would mean president obama would -- face voters with the highest rate since roosevelt if the rate is above 8%, mitt romney is going to use that to his advantage. he campaigned in virginia yesterday. this morning, romney starts in wisconsin and moves to ohio. "the new york times" reporting the romney campaign is making a serious play for pennsylvania last minute appearance there sunday, polls now show president obama's edge in pennsylvania is narrowing. will the jobs report give either any massive boost? that's unclear. experts say all but a few voters have likely made up their minds, particularly, about the economy. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> developing news for one of the areas hardest hit by the superstorm. con ed officia
of coordination and cooperate that -- and cooperation that i've seen all over the state. >> reporter: president obama has cancelled tomorrow's stops in ohio, mitt romney is collecting relief supplies in ohio. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> count on abc 7 for your most complete coverage of the storm we'll have live updates on abc 7 news and our regular newscasts. tonight at 10 abk news will air one hour primetime special followed by abc7 news at 11. >>> next, san francisco gets ready for one giant celebration. live look at reparations underway right now for foam's world series victory parade. >> later -- later search for >>> crews are making final preparations for the world series parade celebrating the giants less than 24 hours to go. amy hollyfield is live at civic center plaza with a sneak peek at the floats on more. >> reporter: good morning. currently transforming civic center plaza workers got here 7:00 this morning and we're told they would stay until it is ready, which could be midnight. they have a lot to do in a very little amount of time. first glimpse of some of the floats you will s
of the battleground states. but this campaign is about to return with a vengeance. not only did president obama tour the storm damage with new jersey governor chris christie. he also seemed to make a new republican best friend. >> i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. >> reporter: the president returned the favor. >> i have to say that governor christie throughout this process has been responsive. he's been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. >> reporter: cooperation on disaster relief works. it also plays well politically. in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, 78% of likely voters said the president has done a good or excellent job handling the storm. in the wake of the storm, romney has struck a more positive tone, campaigning in florida, but not directly criticizing the president. >> good democrats love america just like good republicans love america. >> reporter: as for paul ryan, he took a short halloween detour to his hometown of janesville, wisconsin. t
for president obama in mitt romney's must-win state of ohio. so we're going to see the candidates spend a lot of time up there in the upper midwest. ohio will get a ton of attention from both candidates. president obama knowing that's a place where he can stop mitt romney cold. so you look at this map right now, and you can continue to have to say president obama has the edge. >> we're hearing that mitt romney is going to pennsylvania. most people would say, why spend time there? i mean that clearly is joe biden's backyard. >> maybe this is the head fake, a bit of a hail mary for the romney campaign. the intriguing thing is the obama campaign is responding with advertising in those states. they're not sending the president there directly, although, bill clinton is spending time in minnesota and joe biden, son of scranton, will be in pennsylvania before this is out. >> very interesting final few days here. rick, you've been a great asset to us throughout the campaign season. we appreciate you joining us. we'll hear from you once again after tuesday, the big day. rick klein again, our senior wa
states has president obama on top. it's now all hands on deck. vice president biden stumped in iowa. >> the american people are asking themselves the question in these final days, who can they trust? >> reporter: bill clinton is working just as hard as the candidates. >> barack obama should be the next president. >> reporter: and in ohio, ann romney got emotional as she asked for votes. >> we have come to know this country on such an extraordinary level. and i can't even tell you how much i love it. >> reporter: yesterday, new york city mayor michael bloomberg endorsed president obama. the independent mayor has been critical of both the president and mitt romney. but he said sandy changed his thinking and that president obama will take action on climate change. rob and sunny, back to you. >> karen, thanks a lot. tuesday night, let abc be your place for live up-to-the-minute results with george stephanopoulos and diane sawyer. >>> the former president of penn state has been charged with a cover-up in the jerry sandusky scandal. graham spanier is accused of perjury, obstruction and ch
people. >> the latest poll still shows a tight race but new polls in three key states had president obama on top. it's now all hands on deck. vice president biden stumped in iowa. >> american people asking, who can they trust? >> barack obama should be the next president. >> and in ohio, ann romney got emotional as she asked for votes. >> we have come to know this country on an extraordinary level. i can't tell you how much i love it. >> michael bloomberg endorsed president obama. he had been critical of the president and mitt romney. today he said hurricane sandy reshaped his thinking and president obama will take action on climate change. >> a record number of californians now registered to vote in the election. 18 million people are eligible to cast ballots breaking the previous record set in 2009. the election officials say as many as half will vote by mail. >> the santa clara county registrar's office is ready for tuesday's election. a staff of volunteers and stand bys are signed up to help. officials say so far 31% of the nearly 600,000 vote by mail alts have already been returned f
course. katie marzullo join us from the newsroom with more. >> reporter: president obama said over an hour ago he's confident state and federal agencies are properly prepared for the storm. a lot of that prep means shutting things down and getting the of town. as rare as it was at the u.s. financial markets were closed today they are going to stay closed tomorrow this is the reason people are supposed to evacuate ahead of a hurricane the unpredictable ocean caught in north carolina a rogue wave knocked matt gutman and his producer off their feet. the crew of the hm bunny had to abandon ship. the coast guard has -- rescued cued 14 onboard, two are still missing. >> the two that remain unaccounted for made it off the vessel but did not make night life rafts. >> reporter: in new york the stillness that is shocking grand central center empty, stock exchange silent. authorities fear sandy could turn lower manhattan into a flood zone. mayor bloomberg and a host of east goes governors are driving hope the importance of evacuating. >> conditions are deteriorating rapidly and the window for
there is snow in west virginia blizzard warning covering a large part of this state. president obama has declared major disaster in new york and long island which means federal funding will be available. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> 5:33. >>> meteorologist mike nicco continues to track san >>> storm is growing during the overnight hours yesterday about 600 by 700 from north to south to east to west nova scotia to atlanta is about 1100 miles that's how big this storm has become and why some are calling it the superstorm because of its size and what it is cranking out cold air wrapped in you can see the rain in some areas snow developing pennsylvania mountains of maryland, west virginia, virginia down to north carolina and tennessee. look at the snow wrap up to the upper peninsula of michigan sault ste. marie dealing with snow now. 1200 miles across the storm now peak going the entire eastern seaboard and most eastern parts of midwest. as we put night motion still rotating at a good clip, -- put it knee shun still rotating at a good clip. the rain we going to have over the next several d
are without power in new jersey. the storm hasn't fully gotten to that state yet. we have a live look right now this the pier in atlantic city, new jersey you can see waves pummeling the pier there, getting stronger by the minute. president obama has signed an emergency declaration for new jersey, numerous towns have issued voluntary evacuation orders some recently have been switched to mandatory orders. some video be, the same goes for new york governor cuomo declared a state of emergency, mobilizes air national guard in new york city the transit system is shutdown, schools closed hundreds of thousands ordered to leave their homes new york stock exchange shutdown today that includes electronic trading. thousands of flights are cancelled. >> the storm is moving slowly, bringing high volumes of rain. essentially this is a hurricane wrapped in a nor'easter. >> reporter: take a look at this, this is the view from space hurricane sandy off the coast of the carolinas, provided by nasa because of the size and dense population, forcasters expect 50 million to feel the affects. look how massive tha
the block? >> reporter: president obama toured some of the damage with governor chris christie. >> i can't thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state. >> i can promise you that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials. and we will not quit until this is done. >> reporter: and then, there was halloween. many towns decided to postpone it. but some were not deterred. on long island, superheros and cats were out. and in new york city, even with the power out, trick-or-treaters took to the street. and within just a few hours, all three of new york's major airports will be back online, with la guardia beginning at least partial service at 7:00 a.m. this morning. rob? sunny? >> good news there, too. and in terms of the gridlock here in new york city. traffic very heavy as the mass transit system gets up and running. what about the scarcity of gasoline for commuters? >> reporter: that's a really big problem because everyone's trying to get into the city. and one of the things
deaths span seven states. live aerials right now president obama has declared a disaster area for new york and new jersey this is howard county, maryland. sandy unleashed heavy rains and high winds this morning the county dealing with major flooding and dozens of collapsed roofs, you see all that water there. there is also new information within the last hour on the fire burning in queens. between 80 and 100 homes destroyed those numbers up from 50, almost 200 firefighters putting out pockets of fire there the director of tehema gave a briefing this morning telling people who -- who did not evacuate to stay put. >> this is not over we still have more weather to deal with, hopefully, people will be able to stay safe until we can get to the other side of this storm. >> reporter: this is hack ken sack, new jersey teams have -- this is hackensack, new jersey teams have been using boats to rescue people, rescued 30 in that area so far, we've been following the situation in moonachie, new jersey where hundreds are being evacuated after surge overflowed a berm in that town. for people who ar
, the largest newspaper endorsed romney. >> iowa is a key state. it's part of barack obama's mid western fire wall. >> he needs to win iowa, wisconsin and ohio. the obama campaign said they're ahead in iowa right now, this could make some difference in the end and it reinforces the argument that romney is making. he's best positioned to make the bipartisan compromises. >> george stephanopoulos, thank you. george stephanopoulos has a huge show this morning, his guests include stephanie cutter from the obama campaign and the former house speaker newt gingrich. >>> other top stories. >> there's other news. >>> good morning, everyone. another potential attack on a u.s. embassy may have be thwarted. 11 people have been arrested on atta attacks, including the american embassy in jakarta. >>> new details on the tragic story of the new york city nanny who allegedly killed two young children, family and friends of that nanny that she had been unraveling in recent months. ortega is still in the hospital with self-inflicted knife wounds >>> the young man known as the victim number one in the jerry sandu
obama gathers top aides to meet with state and local officials from states impacted by hurricane sandy. today he and his cabinet members will hold conference calls with the governors of new jersey and connecticut to make sure that fema is doing everything possible with the recovery. he wants to avoid the problems in hurricane katrina disaster. >> ordered that resources are available as soon as they needed them. not let the red tape get in the way of solving problems especially when it came to local utilities could restore power as quickly as possible. >> following today's meetings, they will fan out and visit storm damaged communities throughout the region. to make sure that necessary resources are being provided. mitt romney gave the republican address with his own comments. >> our thoughts and prayers are with those on the east coast. americans come together in times of crisis. our first impulse is to come to the aid of those in need. this time it will be no different and help our fellow americans recover from this tragic storm. >> terry: he went on to talk about the decision america
they say president obama made things worse and his policies will turn things around. >>> five states declared a state of emergency. residents are being told to stock up with enough batteries and water and food for three days. this super storm is expected to make landfall on monday night near the delaware coast. the airlines are warning about delays and all are waiving fees for passengers who want to reschedule their flights to stay out of the way. cold air is moving down. it is really something. >>> sandhya patel is tracking sandy for us. >> we will see hurricane sandy right now. the outer bands of rain off the coast of florida. it is starting to get a little across south carolina there. what is going to happen with this storm? right now it is a category one minimal hurricane as you will see. packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles an hour. it is moving north at seven miles an hour. the biggest concern with this storm is that it will merge with a cold storm and arctic air will move in. if this all comes together it could spell major trouble for the east coast. here is the forecas
flew t snas he learned his lesson. >> reporter: a vital corner of a vial state with 28 visits from romney this year, 19 from obama. >> president obama wasn't able to come as planned because of the storm. >> reporter: do you think that hurts his cause in ohio? >> absolutely not. i think more people respect him for doing what what the president is supposed to do. >> reporter: the drizzle wasn't enough to keem elaine from going door to door on obama's behalf tonight. >> hi, how are you? >> reporter: hello. a few miles away brothers and roger did the same for romney. >> i don't think personally that after four years of watching this president that it should change anybody's mind in four days on four years of failure. >> very difficult. >> reporter: here's one republican mind that seems to have changed at least for now, governor christie. >> i want to thank the president personally for his personal attention. >> reporter: president obama will be with christie in new jersey tomorrow and sandy and canada. what is means to the election decembstined to be a november surprise. >> thank you,
blacking a cure are. >> it's nonstop for president obama and mitt romney. they're making multiple stops in multiple states. here's a report from washington. reporter: the final sprint to election day for mitt romney and president obama. the president started the day with a brief pause in politics, visiting fema headquarters for an update on super storm sandy recovery efforts. from there a trip to four states. his first stop, ohio-his message why hi deserves four more years. >> we know our ideas. we know they work. we also know that the idea of the other guys, they don't work. reporter: challenger mitt romney worked a pack schedule which i stops in three swing states. his message, why the president only deserves three more days. >> paul ryan and i want to make sure this country gets back on the right track. >> in an a lex many -- election that many say is too close to call, other candidates are out in force. biden turned daylight saving time into a message how romney will set the clock back. >> romney wants to turn the clock back. >> paul ryan visited pennsylvania, traditionally blue sta
more than 5500 people have lost power -- president obama has sign add emergency declaration for the state of the new jersey this is kill devil hills, lots of rain, offshore ship in distress the crew has abandoned it. the coast guard has rescued 14 of the 16 onboard two are missing the coast guard is searching for them now. in banner elk, north carolina it is snowing. all of this weather and it is only the beginning of the superstorm. >> it is a tough storm to get people to pay attention because it is four tidals, one last night, today, tonight the most serious concern and another tomorrow. >> i got a cave-in of concrete under this house soon to have more because it is cracked, two more tides before the eye passes this area. >> reporter: take a look at this amateur video onboard a disney crews ship friday the man behind the camera said the ship tilted so far right that furniture moved across his room. in new york, schools closed, subways shutdown, stock market closed, evacuation orders in effect, 9,000 flights are cancelled. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> also having a conseq
. president obama is gathering his top aids this morning for a briefing on recovery efforts in the wake of hurricane sandy. they will hold a conference call with state and local lead speakers visit storm damaged areas throughout the region to get a review of the response and make sure resources are being provided. the grim news, the bodies of 102 people have been sound so far, many of them found by national guard drops going door to door on staten island. gas rationing starts today in the face of fuel short answer. people with license plates ending in odd numbers or letters can fell up on odd days. those with even-numbered plates fill up on even days to help homeland security chief she signed a waiver to allow foreign bound ships to deliver gas to ports. they are easing restrictions on what kind of gas can be burned. northern california are sending types to help the east coast recover from the storms. a second pg&e team is on the way to help restore power and coast guard teams have been sent to the region. they will mostly help with the removal of hazardous waste. >>> under the pressure
election day, president obama and mitt romney look for every last vote in the battleground states. we'll tell you their last-minute strategies. >>> and jackpot. what to do with 20 million bucks in lottery winnings you didn't know you had. >> it's getting crazier. and i can't stop crying. >> wait until you see her reaction when she realized she was sitting on a fortune. >>> good morning, everybody. so great to be back with you and with the entire team here after what has been a very, very long week. here we are, five days post-sandy. and federal relief is now finally arriving for the people of staten island. i was out there this week. and the damage is astonishing. biblical, really. two images i'll never forget. a jacuzzi in the trees. look at that. and then, i met a guy whose house was picked up and moved across the street. you're going to see it when the camera turns here. his house was there. and now, it's there. >> parts of the city really look like a war zone this week. >>> also, look at this. these are food lines in manhattan. hundreds of new yorkers, waiting for something to eat
down the coast this morning. >>> weekend whirlwind. with sandy bearing down, president obama and mitt romney are going through battleground states for every vote. how is it that both guys are so confident? >>> extreme shoplifting. caught on tape. a suitcase filled with $1,000 in steaks. this guy hiding items in a neck brace. how the thieves are working in teams and making everything more expensive for you. ♪ happy birthday to you >>> and best birthday ever. we'll tell you how a mall worker convinced 1980s rock legend billy idol to play at his birthday party. this band went through extraordinary lengths, launching a two-year campaign to meet his idol. and we were there for the big night, exclusively for the payoff. >>> you learn something new every morning on this broadcast. i had no idea that ron claiborne was a big billy idol fan. >> i am, indeed. and justin bieber fan. >> good morning, everybody. we want to get straight to the big story this morning. that superstorm. abc's meteorologist, ginger zee, is in florida, tracking what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event. >> sand
with sandy bearing down, president obama and mitt romney are hopscotching through battleground states for every vote. in this down-to-the-wire race, how is it that both guys are so confident? >>> extreme shoplifting. caught on tape. look at this. a suitcase filled with $1,000 in steaks. this guy hiding items in a neck brace. how the thieves are now working in teams and making everything more expensive for you. ♪ happy birthday to you >>> and best birthday ever. we'll tell you how a mall worker managed to convince 1980s rock legend billy idol to play at his birthday party. this man went through extraordinary lengths, launching a two-year campaign to meet his idol. and we were there overnight, exclusively, for the big payoff. >>> you learn something new every morning on this broadcast. the superstorm, abc meteorologist, ginger zee, in florida this morning, tracking what could be a once-in-a-century event. we'll get to her in a moment. >> that's right. sandy is groening strength. a 900-mile behemoth storm. and for many, today is the calm before the storm. a last chance to stock
billion dollars in cuts to state funded schools. the latest numbers show prop 30 support dropping since september. >>> president obama dives back into campaigning after three days immersed in leading response to sandy. president obama and mitt romney are locked in a tight contest both campaigns predicting victory. >> reporter: the action picks up again with both on the trail. president obama visits wisconsin, nevada and colorado for his first campaign event since sandy hit. mitt romney will be in virginia today he stumped in florida wednesday and never criticized the president. >> we can't go on the road we are on and change course if we keep on attacking each other. we have to come together and get america on track again. >> reporter: the race is still a dead heat. poll shows candidates tied among likely voters at 49%. that same poll found americans rate president obama's response to the superstorm, positively. 78% say mr. obama's handling the situation excellent or good. the president toured new jersey with republican governor kristi. the governor usually one of the -- president's har
: exhausting, right? >> it has been exhausting. >> reporter: couple points of trivia. my home state here leads the nation in most bars per capita and in most bush/obama counties, that is, people who voted for george bush in 2004 and then barack obama in 2008. they really vote the candidate, not the party. how many cows do you have total? >> 820 cows. >> reporter: wow. hello, girls. so, yes, it is easy to find conservative dairy farmers upstate, like dan brick. do you get subsidies from the government? >> yeah, very little subsidies. my thought is, i wish they would eliminate all subsidies altogether. part of it is just because the government is broke. >> oh, my goodness. >> reporter: but if you wander up to hallowed lambeau field on a sunday morning and if you hang out with the most sophisticated tailgate partiers in the world you'll find all stripes. conservatives, liberals, socialists, many of them either related or best friends for life. >> romney is a successful man and -- >> can't say obama's not. >> successful politician. >> you can't say obama's not. >> what did he do in the business wo
. >> in what was a major economic speech they say president obama made things worse and his policies will turn things around. >>> five states declared a state of emergency. residents are being told to stock up with enough batteries and water and food for three days. this super storm is expected to make landfall on monday night near the delaware coast. the airlines are warning about delays and all are waiving fees for passengers who want to reschedule their flights to stay out of the way. cold air is moving down. it is really something. >>> sandhya patel is tracking sandy for us. >> we will see hurricane sandy right now. the outer bands of rain off the coast of florida. it is starting to get a little across south carolina there. what is going to happen with this storm? right now it is a category one minimal hurricane as you will see. packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles an hour. it is moving north at seven miles an hour. the biggest concern with this storm is that it will merge with a cold storm and arctic air will move in. if this all comes together it could spell major trouble for the
difficult in ocean city, maryland. maryland has already declared a state of emergency. after being briefed by federal officials on the movement of the storm, president obama had this to say -- my main message to everybody involved, we have to take this seriously. my message to the governors and the mayors is, anything they need, we will be there. >> many or heeding the warnings, from north carolina to maine. >> i don't know what to expect at this point. we had irene here, had winds of 80 miles-per-hour sustained, and that was -- >> forecasters fear sandy could u-merge with the cold front, bringing up to a foot of rain in parts. heavy snow could also be possible in the appalachian mountain region, public transportation in new york and new jersey is ramping down, and officials in new york city announced the evacuation of 375,000 residents in low-lying areas. new york city mayor michael bloomberg had a message for those considering riding out the storms. >> if you don't evacuate you're not just putting ourown life in danger, you're also endangering the lives of the first responder who have to
lines down everywhere this is atlantic city new jersey. the state taking the brunt of the storm with new york severe flooding and wind there. president obama has declared major disaster in new york and long island. katie marzullo abc7 news. >>>'x the atlantic city boardwalk took some of the damage as well. mike has been tracking it on radar. >>> i see a huge storm that is a little bigger than it was yesterday. yesterday we measured it at about 700 miles north to south and 600 miles east to west it goes to nearly nova scotia to atlanta u.p. of michigan. as it progressed retrograded to the west snow moved out of the mountains now into kentucky and in ohio detroit up into the u.p. of michigan. this is a massive storm with hundreds of delays cancellations anything trying to head to the east coast, it is going to be a bear again. circulation still sitting in pennsylvania that's where going to continue to churn pull moisture off the ocean best threat of tornadoes in new england today. best threat of heavy rain in the person parts of pennsylvania some of the higher elevations. this is going to
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twitter at abc7 news bay area. >>> today president obama gathers together his top aids to meet with state and local officials impacted by super storm sandy. the president toured some of the worst-hit areas of new jersey with governor chris christie earlier in the week. today he and his cabinet members will hold conference calls to make sure fema and other federal agencies are doing everything possible to help with the recovery. he said he wants to avoid the problems experienced in the hurricane katrina disaster. >>> ordered that resources be made available to states in the path of the storm as soon as they needed them. and i instructed my team not to let red tape and burr rock case get in the waive solving problems. especially when it came to making sure local utilities could restore power as quickly as possible. >> following the meeting they will fan out and visit storm-damaged areas throughout the region to see if resources are being provided. >>> it's a simple procedure, get a reverse mortgage and have to live in the home. how come the county moved a 92-year-old woman outta years ago a
? >> iowa is a key state. it's part of barack obama's midwestern fire wall. he needs to win iowa, wisconsin and ohio if governor romney wins both florida and virginia and this could have an effect. it could affect independent swing voters in iowa right now. the obama campaign says they are ahead in iowa right now. this could make some difference in the end, and it reinforces the argument that romney is making headway. he is best positioned to make the bipartisan compromises america needs. that echoes romney's message in these closing days. >> just over a week to go and it just got even more interesting. george stephanopoulos, thank you. george, by the way, has a huge show this morning. his guests include stephanie cutter from the obama campaign and the former house speaker newt gingrich. >>> now let's get a check of the morning's other top news. there is other news happening. >> hi, good morning, everyone. >>> another potential attack on a u.s. embassy may have been thwarted and police in indonesia say they have arrested 11 people suspected of planning attacks on a range of domestic and for
says voters will likely shrug that number off. it does mean president obama faces voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since roosevelt. the president is campaigning in the battleground state of ohio today he has three events planned there. mitt romney starts his campaign this morning in wisconsin and then he moss on to two rallies in ohio. the romney campaign is making a new play for pennsylvania. scheduling a lot of minute appearance this sunday aides say president obama has been unperforming in pennsylvania the president's camp calls it an act of desperation. some experts say almost all voters have made up their minds but it is tight in a lot of swing states. what do you think the jobs report means? go to facebook.com/abc7news and join that conversation. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> 6:36. traffic and weather together, next. here's a live look outside, golden gate bridge, you can see traffic moving in dry roads, meteorologist mike nicco will have the fill forecast. sue will have a look at commute. >>> cal's memorial stadium about to make history.
obama and mitt romney has cancelled campaign stops because of hurricane sandy. the romney campaign said a scheduled stop in the swing state of virginia will not happen today because of the growing threat from sandy. first lady michelle obama has cancelled an appearance in new hampshire on tuesday, and president obama is said to be going to fema headquarters today to get a briefing and begin monitoring storm conditions. >>> local democratic and republican parties are ramping up their efforts to make sure voters get to the polls. all over the bay area phone banks are up and calling people in both parties. abc7 news reporter thomas ramon has the story from oakland. >> she is a volunteer going door to door in this direct to make sure the voters know the issues and get out to vote. she's part of a few dozen men and women who volunteer to walk precincts for "oakland rising." she said this is important enough to do whatever she can do to help. if they see my face, they see my face and then i can get them out and tell them it's important, we need you. >> this election has local, as well as nati
campaign heading to new states. and new polls showing president obama holding slim leads in the key battlegrounds. it's "your voice, your vote." and abc's jonathan karl is in tampa, florida. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. well, the superstorm didn't delay the campaign for long. both vice president biden and mitt romney will be campaigning hard down here all day long in florida. the storm has forced the president to cancel several campaign events. but it has also given him a chance to show some presidential leadership. >> my message to the federal government. no bureaucracy. no red tape. get resources where they're needed. >> reporter: and later today, he'll get a firsthand look at the damage on the new jersey shore, with none other than the state's republican governor, chris christie. christie is a die-hard romney supporter. but he's had nothing but praise for the president's handling of the storm, which he says is all that really counts right now. >> i don't give a damn about election day. it doesn't matter a lick to me at the moment. i've got much bigger fis
. >>> with ten days to go before the election. president obama and mitt romney are having to cancel events from their schedules for key battleground states directly in the path of hurricane sandy. >> reporter: turn the channel and i see the president on mtv and inside edition. the comedy shows, leno and first lady on kimmel. and not just tv. a campaign event with katie perry. an interview with rolling stone and us weekly. the president is going hip and young. he is ahead with nearly two-thirds of the voters but he needs them to turn out. for romney changed from four years ago. >> this requires as change. >> it's a different audience. >> the governor leads among white men, 66-32% and leads the most national polls where the president has a slight lead in many of the battleground states. that is up has both campaigns feeling confident they have the voters the ground game to bring home a victory. >> somebody is going to be wrong on november 7th so very different assumptions the campaigns 6 about the kinds of people who are going to turn out to vote. >> how close this election. one ohio voter wrote
me. it is -- -- it's going to be another war in this united states of america if he gets elected back to office. it's going to happen. if he gets four more years, brk b barack obama will ruin this country and white people will be in concentration camps. if you don't believe that, people sadly mistaken. >> reporter: and his collusion to avoid this supposed impending storm is an all-white south. where all blacks, hispanics and jews are banned. given some place else, he says, to live in america. i want to make sure i understand you. if the goal is white accept aretism, separating the races, the only way to separate the races is using violence. you're not going to be able to just say nicely, please leave. >> if they will peacefully go, then yeah. but if they won't, that's the only way is through violence, is through making them go, that's it. >> reporter: and you'd be willing to be apart of that? it's a race war you're talking about, essentially. >> very much so. >> reporter: his hero and predecessor was a convicted murderer. and former head of the mississippi white knights. what do you t
we know for sure, both president obama and mitt romney are going to be hitting hard the campaign trail in battleground states looking for undecided voters. today the president has three events in ohio that jobs report could moon a lot to him. a political expert tell saying if -- saying if the unemployment rate stays below 8% voters might shrug it off if it goes up the president will face highest since roosevelt. if the should come back above 8 not predicted guys for mitt romney he can use that to his advantage he was in virginia yesterday this morning he starts in wisconsin and moves to ohio. romney campaign making a play for pennsylvania scheduling a last minute appearance there sunday i am will the jobs report mean a manns sieve butte for either candidate? unclear. experts saying all but a few voters have already made up their minds, particularly about the economy. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> hopeful news for one of the areas hardest hit by sandy. power officials say they could have electricity restored to all of manhattan by today. more than 4.1 million customers still with
stop in the swing state of virginia will not happen today because of the growing threat from sandy. first lady michelle obama has cancelled an appearance in new hampshire on tuesday, and president obama will spend this evening at the white house to again monitoring storm conditions from washington. >>> coming up at 8:00 with just over a week or so to go before election day, president obama's deputy campaign manager appears on "this week." stephanie cutter goes head-to-head with newt gingrich to discuss the latest numbers from the washington post tracking policy. don't miss "this week" with george stephanopoulos. >> phone banks are up and calling people in both parties for the policy. abc7 news reporter thomas ramon has the story from oakland. >> she is a volunteer going door to door in this direct to make sure the voters know the issues and get out to vote. she's part of a few dozen men and women who volunteer to walk precincts for "oakland rising." a community action organization. she said this is important enough to do whatever she can do to help. >> i feed to be outreach, and if
. >>> president obama visits new jersey later today to see the damage firsthand. the state's famed jersey shore took a direct hit as sandy roared ashore. >> powerful winds and ocean surge knocked houses off their foundations, demolished boardwalks, and wrecked amusement rides. viewing the damage was obviously an emotional moment for the state's usually brash governor. >> as a kid who was born and raised in this state and who spent a lot of time over my life, both my childhood and my adult life at the jersey shore. we'll rebuild it. no question in my mind, we'll rebuild it. but for those of us who are my age, it won't be the same. it'll be different because many of the iconic things that made it what it was are now gone and washed into the ocean. >> more than half of the state is without power, and now residents are being warned that leaking fuel and standing water could spark an explosion. as if the flooding wasn't enough, now they're worrying about a gas explosion. >> you could really hear the emotion in governor krchristie' voice. you can feel that, the sense of loss so clear. >>> up the coas
state of virginia will not happen today because of the growing threat from sandy. first lady michelle obama has cancelled an appearance in new hampshire on tuesday, and president obama will spend this evening at the white house to again monitoring storm conditions from washington. >>> coming up at 8:00 with just over a week or so to go before election day, president obama's deputy campaign manager appears on "this week." he goes head-to-head with newt gingrich to discuss the latest numbers from the washington post tracking policy. don't miss "this ""with george stephanopoulos. >> phone banks are up and calling people in both parties for the policy. abc7 news reporter thomas ramn has the story from oakland. >> she is a volunteer going door to door in this direct to make sure the voters know the issues and get out to vote. she's part of a few dozen men and women who volunteer to walk presinks for "oakland rising." she said this is important enough to do whatever she can do to help. >> if they see my face, they see my face and then i can get them out and tell them it's important, we need
newspapers that supported obama last time. one that hasn't supported a republican since richard nixon. with the storm coming and the race so tight, both campaigns are trying to bank as many votes as possible in states with early voting. with lines especially long in virginia and maryland. the superstorm has not stopped this campaign. mitt romney is just finishing up his third event today in ohio. he will be campaigning in three states tomorrow. the president will be on the trail, also, campaigning in florida. david? >> it will be a tricky balance. jon karl tonight, thank you. >>> when we come back here this evening, the other big event this week, halloween. so, tonight, one spectacular before and after. look at this pumpkin. and in a moment here, you'll see what it turns into. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] dayquil doesn't treat that. huh? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus rushes relief to all your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth!
. >> reporter: and mitt romney has picked up the endorsement of two iowa newspapers that supported obama last time. one that hasn't supported a republican since richard nixon. with the storm coming and the race so tight, both campaigns are trying to bank as many votes as possible in states with early voting with lines especially long in maryland and virginia. the superstorm has not stopped this campaign. mitt romney will be campaigning in three states on monday. and the president will be on the trail as well, campaigning in florida. jonathan karl, abc, marion, ohio. >> all right. >>> some lighter news this morning, even the strength of sandy could not deny the san francisco giants their second world series crown in just three seasons. last night against the tigers, the giants, mr. clutch, marco scutaro delivered again, knocking in the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth inning. >> the final out came when a.l. winner triple crown winner mickey cabrera, oh, yeah, he was caught looking. and they call him panda was named the world series most valuable player. the city by the bay will honor them
, until you rebuild. >> reporter: obama and christie are a very unlikely paring with less than a week until election day. the blunt, brash, republican governor one of mitt romney's most staunch supporters. with his state facing historic devastation and massive rebuilding, christie welcomed the president's help. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. i think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend. and it's -- it's been a great working relationship. >> reporter: in such a tight race, romney couldn't afford to lose another day on the campaign trail. he was in florida, a state that is essentially a must win for him. romney set aside his usual attacks and struck a more subdued optimistic tone. >> this is a turning point in american history. >> reporter: his only fleeting reference to the president -- >> it is time to take a new path of bold, aggressive change. >> reporter: it's back to politics for president obama. he'll make stops in wisconsin, nevada and colorado. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> by all measures this is still a tied race,
obama last time, one that hasn't supported a republican since richard nixon. with the storm coming and the race so tight, both campaigns are trying to bank as many votes as possible in states with early voting. the superstorm storm has not stopped this campaign. mitt romney will be campaigning in three states on monday, and the president will be on the trail as well, campaigning in florida. jonathan karl, abc news, marion, ohio. >> you have to believe this is a distraction neither campaign wanted. sandy wreaking havoc in all kind of ways. we'll be back, everybody. stay with us. . we will be back, everybody. stay with us. 3q get irresistibly clean and fresh carpets in your home with resolve deep clean powder. the moist powder removes three times more dirt than vacuuming alone while neutralizing odors for a clean you can see, smell and really enjoy. don't just vacuum clean. resolve clean. >>> those picturill >>> those pictures will only get worse. hurricane sandy is more powerful than the federal government. shutting down operations right there in the nation's capital. >> our washing
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